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The Texas Rare Bird Alert carries sighting information about chaseable Texas Review species. Please send reports of Texas Review Species to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee. For more reports of Texas sightings, please refer to:

 

Big Bend NP: SLATE-THROATED REDSTART
first sighting: Apr 19; last update: Sep 13  Map

On Apr 19 Sandi Templeton photographed a Slate-throated Redstart along Boot Canyon Trail in Big Bend NP. Photo on eBird.
Latest Reports: Apr 23: Seen and photographed by multiple observers. Apr 26-May 19: seen near junction of Boot and Juniper Canyon Trails. On May 17 Erik Atwell reported two birds were seen at the usual spot. They were collecting twigs and grass for a nest. Sightings continued at least through Sep 13. Two birds spotted together on Aug 10.

Balmorhea Lake: LONG-TAILED JAEGER
first sighting: Aug 31; last update: Sep 8  Map

Wendy McCrady reported that on Aug 31 she and Dan McCrady observed a Long-tailed Jaeger over a period of 3 hours beginning at 9:50am at Balmorhea Lake. Photos by Anita Meagher.
Latest Reports: Positive reports through Sep 8.

Galveston: WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON
first sighting: Sep 4; last update: Sep 5  Map

On the morning of Sep 4,  Kyle O'Haver found a White-crowned Pigeon on Cove Lane in Galveston. The location is near Lafitte's Cove. Late in the afternoon it was refound in the same general area. Photos on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Sep 5: negative reports by several birders.

Uvalde Co: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first report: May 24; last update: Aug 14

On May 24, Tripp Davenport reported that a Mexican Violetear is being seen at a private residence near Reagan Wells in Uvalde Co. The owner is reportedly allowing access. The bird has been seen regularly at the feeder for about a week. Tripp obtained the information from a local guide who has posted photos. Effective Jun 17, the Mexican Violetear is not accessible. The last reported sighting at this location was in early July.
Update by Tripp Davenport on Facebook: Jul 23: possibly the same bird is present at his ranch, roughly 8 miles away. It continued through Aug 11. As of Aug 14, the bird has been absent for 3 days. Tripp has shut off access as of the evening of Aug 14.

Davis Mountains: WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD
first report: Aug 9; last update: Aug 24  Map

On Aug 9, a female type White-eared Hummingbird was observed by many in the visitor center area of the Davis Mountains Preserve. Schedule for open days at the Preserve. The bird has continued through Aug 24.

Weslaco: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first report: Aug 3  Map

Midday on Aug 3, AJ Johnson photographed a Rose-throated Becard at Frontera Audubon in Weslaco. It was over the first pond near the shed when you take the right path after the entrance gate. (Photo and Notes on Facebook). 

Christmas Mountains Oasis: Potential NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER
first report: Jul 12  Map

Carolyn Ohl reported that a potential Nutting's Flycatcher has been present at her oasis for several days. It was seen by other birders. She arrived on Jul 12 and saw it interacting with Ash-throated Flycatchers. See notes and photos in eBird report.

Davis Mountains SP: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first report: Jul 11 Map

On Jul 11 James Bauer and 3 others observed a Rufous-backed Robin in Davis Mountains SP. Confirmed by park ranger who provided the bird's location.

Jeff Davis Co.: THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
first report: Jun 21; last update: Jun 22  Map

On the morning of Jun 21 Wendy McCrady photographed a Thick-billed Kingbird at the Lawrence Wood picnic area, TNC Madera Canyon loop trail in Jeff Davis County. Photos in eBird report.
Latest Reports: Jun 22: negative report for 6:00-9:30am.

Harris County: RED PHALAROPE
first report: Jun 1; last update: Jun 3  Map

On Jun 1 Nicholas DeMaio found a Red Phalarope (breeding plumage) at the Jersey Village Jogging Trail Wetland in NW Harris County. Seen and photographed by many others. Photos by Chris Hammond. Continued sightings through Jun 3.

Big Bend NP: SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
first report: May 25  Map

On May 25 Emily Novak observed a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher at Big Bend NP. It was seen at the junction of Juniper Canyon and Boot Canyon trails. See eBird report for notes and photos.

San Antonio: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first sighting: May 12; last update: May 17  Map

On May 12 a Mexican Violetear was photographed at a private residence in San Antonio. The bird is likely a molting sub-adult. It was not observed on May 13 but on May 14 was once again present and photographed. The bird was seen all day on May 14, coming to a feeder about every 30 minutes. The homeowner, Lila Theis, has requested anyone wishing to try to view the bird to contact her first at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos and notes on Facebook.
Latest Reports: May 15: morning, continues. Seen about every 15 minutes throughout the day. May 16: early morning, present. No sightings for the rest of the day. May 17: not seen.

National Butterfly Center: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Apr 26; last update: May 25  Map

On Apr 26 a Rose-throated Becard was present at the National Butterfly Center near the marine toad sign on Hackberry Trail. The bird has continued through May 25.

Estero Llano Grande SP: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR
first sighting: May 11  Map

On May 11 a Mexican Violetear was at Estero Llano Grande at the Visitor Center feeding on Turks cap.

Jefferson Co.: GRAY KINGBIRD
first sighting: May 5  Map

On May 5 a Gray Kingbird was seen and photographed at Sea Rim State Park. It continued through the afternoon. (Photos and Notes on Facebook)

Travis Co.: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: May 5  Map

Ron and Jody Hodges reported a Varied Thrush was present on May 5 at Mills Pond at Wells Branch, north of Austin. It has been photographed and verified by several birders.

Davis Mountain SP: VARIED THRUSH
first report: May 5 Map

Bill Sain reported on May 5 that a Varied Thrush has been seen for a few days at Davis Mountain State Park. It was photographed by Stephen Falick on May 4.
Continued reports through May 5.

Santa Ana NWR: GRAY-CROWNED YELLOWTHROAT
first sighting: May 3  Map

On May 3 there were brief sightings of a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat at Santa Ana NWR. The bird mainly sang across the river in Mexico but it flew across to sing a few times on the US side. (Photo by Ryan O'Donnell)

Port Arthur: BLACK TURNSTONE
first sighting: May 3  Map

On May 3 Joanna Morelli found and photographed an apparent Black Turnstone at Sea Rim State Park. Photos on Facebook.

LRGV: FLAME-COLORED TANAGER
first sighting: Apr 26  Map

Late in the day on Apr 26 a female Flame-colored Tanager was present at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Seen by multiple observers.

Bexar Co.: SHORT-TAILED HAWK
first sighting: Apr 27  Map

Abbie Valine reported that on Apr 27 she observed a Short-tailed Hawk in Government Canyon SNA near San Antonio. eBird Notes.

Nueces Co.: BLACK-VENTED ORIOLE
first sighting: Apr 23; last update: Apr 25  Map

On Apr 23 Sarah Roper found a Black-vented Oriole in the Sand Dollar Rd area of Packery Channel Park. Later seen and photographed by others. Notes on eBird
Latest reports: Apr 25: one sighting (eBird report)

Hidalgo Co.: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first sighting: Jan 18; last update: Apr 30  Map

On Jan 18 Thomas Hutson photographed a female-plumaged Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Quinta Mazatlan WBC. It was found south of the Palm Condo Trail. (Photo on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Jan 31 - Apr 30: continues. On Apr 22, Susan Patla reported a male was also present. The possible male also seen on Apr 24.

Anahuac NWR: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Apr 12; last update: Apr 25  Map

On Apr 12 Chris Charlesworth photographed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Anahuac NWR. The location was at the East Bay Bayou Bridge, about 7 miles east of the refuge entrance. Later seen by others and photographed along Whites Ranch Road.
Latest Reports: Apr 13: Seen throughout the day, varying its location between Whites Ranch Road and East Bay Bayou. Apr 17: morning, seen briefly on a wire before flying to the NE - Don Glasco (Map). Apr 25: seen at visitor center.

High Island: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: Apr 14; last update: Apr 15  Map

On Apr 14 a Fork-tailed Flycatcher was found at Houston Audubon's Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary during the afternoon bird walk.
Latest Reports: Apr 15: continues. In the morning it was in the rookery parking lot at Smith Oaks.

Uvalde Co: YELLOW GROSBEAK
first sighting: Jan 18; last update: Apr 5

On Jan 18 Bob Shackleford observed an immature Yellow Grosbeak on private property in Concan. It was coming to a feeder. On Jan 27 Kevin Cochran photographed an immature Yellow Grosbeak at a feeder in the same area. There is only limited access for viewing. Try contacting Bob Shackleford through Facebook. The bird has continued through Apr 5.

Quinta Mazatlan WBC: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Apr 6  Map

On Apr 6 Ryan Rodriguez and a tour group observed a female-plumaged Rose-throated Becard at Quinta Mazatlan WBC.

Bentsen SP: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting:  Apr 5  Map

Martha McDermott identified a male Rose-throated Becard at Bentsen SP on Apr 5. The bird was seen by Mesquite blind and was observed by 3 other birders. (Notes on eBird)

Brownsville & Vicinity: TAMAULIPAS CROW
last update:  Apr 23  Map

David and Jonathan Henderson reported that they observed 2 Tamaulipas Crows at the Brownsville Landfill on Mar 9. On Mar 27-28, one bird was reported. Apr 10: Two Tamaulipas Crows were reported in Port Isabel at the HEB on the west side of town. They were seen on adjacent utility poles, calling. (Map) Apr 22: One individual seen on roadside posts along Route 100-E Ocean Blvd (Map) Apr 23: one seen at Brownsville Landfill.

 

 

 

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Lake McClellan: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
first sighting:  Mar 23  Map

On Mar 23 David Sarkozi found a Golden-crowned Sparrow in a scrubby area on the west side of the dam at Lake McClellan. Notes on eBird.

Balmorhea: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
first sighting:  Mar 17; last update: Mar 26  Map

On Mar 17 Cecilia Riley observed a Golden-crowned Sparrow in a hedge at La Cueva de Oso Restaurant in Balmorhea. Photographed by Mike Gray.
Latest Reports: Mar 25: seen along San Angelo Street. (Willie Sekula) Continued sightings through Mar 26.

 

San Angelo: EURASIAN WIGEON
first sighting:  Mar 6; last report: Mar 21  Map

Suzanne Johnson photographed a Eurasian Wigeon at the South Unit of San Angelo State Park on Mar 6. The first boat ramp (not the one by the dam) has been one of the best locations to view. It's continued through Mar 21.

Weslaco: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Dec 16; last update: Mar 1  Map

D. Smyth reported that on Dec 16 a Golden-crowned Warbler was at the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco. Location: From the 4-way intersection of the Heron, Parrot, titmouse trail, and Louisiana trail, take the Louisiana trail just past a side trail with bench to a point where the trail comes close to the border fence which is visible through the opening.  (eBird notes and photos)
Latest Reports: Dec 18:  3:15-4:30pm, bird present and photographed. It was mainly around the island near a water feature (intersection Cactus and Resaca) -- Reinhard Geisler. Continued sightings through Mar 1.

Laguna Atascosa NWR: BLUE BUNTING
first sighting: Jan 7; last update: Feb 27 Map

On Jan 7 Neil MacLeod photographed a female Blue Bunting at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Observed in water feature at the photo blind south of the visitors' center. From the center follow the sign with the two Green Jays to the photo blind on the right. (eBird report and photos)
Latest Reports: Jan 8: 8:30-3:30, negative reports. Feb 13: seen in the morning foraging on ground with cardinals at edge of scrub and parking lot near picnic tables. Feb 24: photographed (Bly Bylsma). Sightings have continued through  Feb 27.

Weslaco: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Sep 26; last update: Feb 19  Map

Angelina Vasquez reported that on Sep 26 she saw a Golden-crowned Warbler near the water feature at Frontera Audubon Center. Note: Frontera is closed on Sunday and Monday. Photos on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Sep 28: 9:45 am. Seen along entrance path from parking lot.Continued sightings through Feb 19.

West Texas: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
first sighting:  Feb 28  Map

Rich Kostecke found a 1st winter Golden-crowned Sparrow at GCSP tank in Jeff Davis County on Feb 28. The location is west of Balmorhea. (Notes and Photos on Facebook)

Hidalgo Co.: ROADSIDE HAWK
first sighting: Nov 7; last update: Feb 19

On Nov 7 a Roadside Hawk was seen and heard at Quinta Mazatlan. Subsequent sightings have mainly been around the border patrol corral near the National Butterfly Center. (Map) A Border Patrol agent said birders have foot access up to the levee.
Latest Reports: Nov 8: Seen midday at Santa Ana NWR over Willow Lake by Chachalaca Trail.(Map). Nov 9: reported at National Butterfly Center (Map) by Daniel Horton. Photos taken. Later in the day seen from Kingfisher overlook at Bentsen State Park. Nov 11: morning, seen at National Butterfly Center and along the road between Bentsen SP and the center. Nov 12-13: continues at Butterfly Center. Nov 14; brief look, along Military Rd. between Butterfly Center and Bentsen. Nov 16-17: Along Military Rd. Several observers. (Map) Nov 19: seen along Military Rd. Nov 20: morning, seen at the border control stables. Nov 21: morning, 4700 North Schuerbach Rd. Continued sighting in area around Butterfly Center and stables through Dec 16. Most recent sightings have been around the corral. (Map)
Feb 19: Seen by several observers at the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR. (Map) Observers were standing 100+ ft west of the bridge across the levee, looking south into the forest. The hawk was up on the telephone pole before diving into the bush.

Uvalde Co.: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first sighting: Jan 1; last update: Feb 1  Map

On Jan 1 Tripp Davenport reported a Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde Co. The bird was on the bank of the Nueces River at the Tom Nunn Crossing Public Access. Directions: end of County Road 202, west of Uvalde on US90 first county road to the left after you pass Southwest Livestock Exchange and before you get to the Nueces River. County road passes below the high power lines, dirt road winds around for a couple of miles before deadending at the Nueces River. Please respect private property and do not cross fences. The bird was near riverbank upstream from crossing, feeding in hackberry trees. Viewable from the gravel bank on the west side of the river.
Latest Reports: Jan 1: continued, midafternoon. Jan 6: seen near edge of river where flooding has left a pile of trees. (Greg Fleming). Jan 7-Feb 1: continues

Cameron Co.: CRIMSON-COLLARED GROSBEAK
first sighting: Feb 6  Map

On Feb 6 Nancy Sheard photographed a female-plumaged Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Resaca de la Palma SP. (eBird report and photos).

Brazoria Co.: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER
last update: Feb 15  Map

A Fork-tailed Flycatcher has been present at Brazos Woods Preserve since late December. The preserve is restricted access. If you'd like to try to see the bird, contact Susan Conaty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Continued sightings through Feb 15.

Lake Graham: BOHEMIAN WAXWING
first sighting: Jan 13; last update: Jan 25  Map

On Jan 13 Scotty Lofland found a Bohemian Waxing at Lake Graham, west of Fort Worth. It was on the west side of the lake on FM 3003. From FM 61 it was .45 of a mile N. There is a road on the west side of 3003 called Leland Rd. It was right before you get to that road in a front yard across from Leland Rd.
Latest ReportsJan 16: continues on Leland Rd. (Lamont Brown) Jan 17: negative reports from dawn-to-dusk checks. Jan 19: 10:45am, seen briefly on the Eastside Lake Rd at Lovern Ln with flock of about 80 Cedar Waxwings (Adam Wood). Jan 20: 5pm, seen west side of lake at intersection of Hwy. 3003 and Leland Rd in front yard by the lake (Dennis Cooke). Jan 25: negative  report

 

 

TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)

 

 

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